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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 04:59 PM

Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

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Can you say that a little louder, Candy?
October 17, 2012
by James Schlarmann


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But let’s back up to what I feel is probably the most seminal moment in the debate, and one that shows the sharp contrast between Mitt and Barack. That moment was during the exchange over when the Obama administration first mentioned that the attack in Libya was a terrorist attack. Romney, ever the attack dog (is this what Mitt looked like when he was antagonizing the gay kid in school all those years ago?), kept pouncing after President Obama about whether he had actually said in the Rose Garden the very next day that our consular building had been the victim of an act of terror.

Here’s the transcript of the exchange:


OBAMA: Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me. I’m the president and I’m always responsible, and that’s why nobody’s more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do.

The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.

And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families.

And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as Commander in Chief.

CROWLEY: Governor, if you want to…

ROMNEY: Yes, I — I…

CROWLEY: … quickly to this please.

ROMNEY: I — I think interesting the president just said something which — which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

OBAMA: That’s what I said.

ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror.

It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?

OBAMA: Please proceed governor.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

OBAMA: Get the transcript.

CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…

OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.


In that one moment we all got to witness what each of these men is truly like under pressure. Romney, thinking he had an advantage to call Obama out for lying, pressed too hard and in his attack looked rabid and a little shaken. Then to add to insult to his injury, he was fact checked in real-time and proven to be full of shit. In front of a huge national audience. Everyone heard the laughter and cheers when President Obama, in a very cool and calm manner, asked Ms. Crowley to repeat herself.

The biggest score of the night was actually an alley-oop from President Obama to Candy Crowley.


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Maybe the most important aspect of Obama’s very clear victory tonight was that he finally made it clear as day that Romney is the worst kind of thing you can be in politics: uncommitted. For almost two years he ran to the hard right of every issue. He said immigrants should self deport. He said he thought life began at conception. He said forty-seven percent of us are entitled moochers. And then two weeks ago he tried to launch Mitt 2.0. This shows that clearly Mitt isn’t beholden to any viewpoint on any issue…not that we needed this debate to be reminded, but maybe now the undecided (read: lazy) voter can see that it’s not all MSNBC hype. That Romney is indeed not the same man to the rest of the world as he is to the right wing’s base.

As we watch the polling data over the next few days, the moment that will replay over and over is Crowley doing in twenty seconds what the entire Obama administration has been trying to do for the last few months. That is a moment that will resonate louder than Big Bird or Malarkey. It will resonate because throughout our country’s history truth does in fact will out. And that is who the real winner was tonight.

Truth.

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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 05:34 PM

1. Thanks for this, babylonsistah! Compelling analysis by James Scharlmann..

Good Point.. I'm tired of romney the bully getting away with not being called out as a Bully.

But let’s back up to what I feel is probably the most seminal moment in the debate, and one that shows the sharp contrast between Mitt and Barack. That moment was during the exchange over when the Obama administration first mentioned that the attack in Libya was a terrorist attack. Romney, ever the attack dog (is this what Mitt looked like when he was antagonizing the gay kid in school all those years ago?), kept pouncing after President Obama about whether he had actually said in the Rose Garden the very next day that our consular building had been the victim of an act of terror.




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Bonus!

In all phases of the debate, Obama looked like he had done nothing but watch Facebook and other social media outlets, taking in every complaint from every blogger and commentator on discussion threads. He spoke to Mitt Romney’s complete lack of credibility on women’s issues and had specifics examples, de-funding Planned Parenthood for starters, that demonstrated Mitt’s duplicity. Romney, tried as he might to disengage from answering the questions, was caught in a couple of key moments in his previous positions, no more devastatingly than in Obama’s final remark of the night, in which Romney was indicted by the commander-in-chief himself for his “47%” remarks.

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